Local mother featured on ‘Montel’ needs help

Two years ago, one of Ebony Major’s dreams came true when she met Montel Williams.

The then 26-year-old mother of two had been told by doctors that she had a year to live. Doctors thought she had a rapidly progressing form of multiple sclerosis.

The wishing-granting Dream Foundation arranged for a meeting the famed TV talk show host.
Williams, who has MS, made an impression on Ebony. She said that this only celebrity she ever met was cool, confident and reassuring.

Computer helps veteran connect

Northfield Center — Frank Washumick cannot get out into the world very much anymore, but a recent gift will bring the world to him.

The 81-year-old, terminally ill Army veteran received a new laptop computer July 17 from the California-based Dream Foundation. According to the foundation’s Web site, it is a “wish-granting organization for adults with life-limiting illness.”

Washumick described it as a “happy day.”

Brad Garrett: Fingers Crossed For Series, Charity Tourney/Who’da Thunk: Neil Boyd Cites Simon Cowell As Great Mentor

Brad Garrett is keeping his fingers crossed that come Tuesday (5/19), his “Til Death” sitcom will be placed in a timeslot it can live with. “May 19 at the upfronts, we’ll know exactly where we wind up,” notes the star, whose marriage-minded comedy with Joely Fisher has managed to hang on despite multiple timeslot switches, a complete disappearance last fall and the fact that, as he candidly notes, “We’ve been ratings-challenged from the beginning.”

With encore episodes from Season 3 now set to begin airing come July 5, “we go into production for Season 4 at the end of July for new episodes that will start airing in September. We’re lucky to have a new season,” acknowledges Brad. “A lot of the people who were behind our show at Fox have moved on or disappeared, but our studio, Sony, has been campaigning hard for us, thankfully.”

Kim Kardashian Puts Her Closet On eBay for Charity

Want to dress like Kim Kardashian? Well, not only can you snag some of the stylish star’s fashions directly out of her closet, but you can help the Dream Foundation, the first national wish granting organization for adults suffering from life-limiting illness. The star has put select pieces of new and gently used clothing up on eBay to help benefit the organization, which seeks to enhance the quality of life for individuals, and their families, at the end of their lives by realizing a final wish.

Feature: All-In For All Good Poker Tournament

Texas Hold’em is no laughing matter—except when you have a bunch of comedians playing.

Brad Garrett organized a bevy of the brightest comedy talents for the Dream Foundation and Maximum Hope’s All-In For All Good Celebrity Poker Tournament. Garrett, Ray Romano, Jason Alexander, Kevin Nealon and many others brought humor and heart to the tables.

Every little detail of the event was perfect—right down to the playing decks. “The king has Ray Romano’s face, and the queen has mine. That’s what happens when your ex-wife orders the cards,” joked Brad Garrett as he walked into the Commerce Casino ballroom. Garrett stood at the epicenter of everything, bringing together a whole slew of funny people and two crucially important charities at this Los Angeles arena casino.

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